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Did anyone here learn to DRIVE in an old car?

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by Ocean56, May 6, 2010.

  1. nathan
    Joined: Jun 30, 2007
    Posts: 73

    nathan
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    from minnesota

    Learned in my brothers '68 vw bug, and took the test in my stepdads '66 belvedere.
     
  2. TomWar
    Joined: Jun 11, 2006
    Posts: 727

    TomWar
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    I learned to drive in a 1956 ford p/u. Of course it was Brand New at the time.
     
  3. propwash
    Joined: Jul 25, 2005
    Posts: 3,858

    propwash
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    from Las Vegas

    When I was learnging to drive in old cars, they were still NEWER cars....
     
  4. Ocean56
    Joined: Oct 5, 2009
    Posts: 128

    Ocean56
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    from Michigan

    Wow, all these replies! Thanks! I hadn't looked at this thread in a long time....
     
  5. Ripper-
    Joined: Nov 19, 2012
    Posts: 15

    Ripper-
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    from Texas

    Learned to drive in a 63 Falcon Ranchero... Straight 6 and a 3-speed , converted
    to a floor shift. Had to buy a neighbor a new bumper for her cougar after I rolled
    backwards into it at the stop sign at the end of our street.. haha
     
  6. I learned to drive in three old cars. A Hornet Kart with twin Clinton A 490's, a Mac Kart with twin Mac 20's, and a 57 DeSoto Firedome 9 passenger station wagon. Got my licence in '62
     
  7. mixedupamx
    Joined: Dec 2, 2006
    Posts: 513

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    learned to drive in what would become my first car, my parents 65 impala 4dr hardtop and my dads 67 chevy van with 6 cyl and 3 on the tree.
     
  8. Got busted by the local Sheriff when I was 12 for having grandpa's old 51 Nash out on the road in front of the farm. He was not pleased, gave me a good scolding and sent me home. Never really stopped me, I drove anything and everything that had an engine on it before I ever got my license. My brother Bob scratched the shift pattern into grandpa's old 48 Dodge pickup, I would sit in that thing for hours pretending to drive and going thru the gears. Thinking back, I probably made motor noise with my mouth while shifting.
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  9. murfman
    Joined: Nov 6, 2006
    Posts: 539

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    Split between a 48 Plymouth Business Coupe, a 53 Dodge Sedan, and a 63 Dodge 2dr Hardtop all from 79-83 I was born in 67...
     
  10. Karl stark
    Joined: Nov 12, 2008
    Posts: 166

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    First learned to"drive" a 1942 Ford 9N tractor. First real car was a 1940 Chev. Station Wagon. Wish I hadn't sawed the roof off from the front doors back and made it into my version of a pickup!
     
  11. fossiltin62
    Joined: Aug 7, 2011
    Posts: 40

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    A '31 Essex coupe and '37 John Deere model A
     
  12. Stepside Larry
    Joined: Jun 25, 2011
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    Stepside Larry
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    from pa

    A 51 chevy two door in 1973. My great grampa's car I bought for $50.00. I put a lot of pop rivets in that car!
     
  13. HotRodHighley
    Joined: Feb 12, 2008
    Posts: 395

    HotRodHighley
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    from cincy, oh

    Got my license in 76 using a 68 Ford XL..Does that count :rolleyes:
     
  14. Hotrodbuilderny
    Joined: Mar 20, 2009
    Posts: 1,646

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    59 Anglia
     

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  15. 32 hudson
    Joined: Mar 5, 2005
    Posts: 694

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    well if you are talking real old no. But I learned On 64 chevlle, 55 chevy and 59 rambler all 6 cyl 3 speed cars.
     
  16. scibjenkins
    Joined: Jul 10, 2005
    Posts: 492

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    One of my earliest driving memories was driving my dad's Model A hot rod pickup around the parking lot of our fairgrounds. I think I was 10. He just put it in drive and let me steer it around. The funny thing was I remember being just barely too short to drive it! Man those truck cabs are small.
     
  17. 2bubbas
    Joined: Mar 19, 2011
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    At 11 on a Ford tractor- drove go carts way before that- drivers training was in a early 62 Chevy-
     
  18. Acme Speed Shop
    Joined: Mar 31, 2007
    Posts: 1,755

    Acme Speed Shop
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    from so cal

    My grandmother taught me to drive in her 1964 VW Beetle in the wide open parking lot of ski resort in Tahoe California. It was summertime and the lot was empty, I was 10 years old. A very fond memory.
     
  19. Musta been about '61 or so, I was around 10. First was an old mid 30s "Poppin' Johnny" (Deere) B tractor - y'know, the kind with a 'roll-the-fywheel-till-it's-tight, then pull' starter? Dad said 'if you can start it you can drive it'. I remember my arms were achin' after having that flywheel spin back a few times while trying to start it.

    Then Dad let me drive his '56 Ford panel truck, V8 3spd - musta been about '62. He told me 'you ain't drivin' Mom's car (automatic trans) until you can drive the truck half-way up a big hill (in our cow pasture), stop, then go rest of the way up the hill without stalling, without rolling backward and without letting the clutch slip." Yikes!

    My first car in '64 was a beat-up and very abused '60 Ford tudor 6cyl stick. drove it around the local country roads no plates for awhile.

    Took driver ed mostly in a Opel Kadette with 4spd. trans. I was one of only a few kids who got to drive it cuz I knew how to use the clutch. Also had a Buick LeSabre in driver ed - I liked the Kadette better. Took my test for driver's license in my '60 Ford.
     
  20. 49styleline
    Joined: Nov 1, 2012
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    49styleline
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    from oregon

    a chopped 4 door i dig it!
     
  21. 440 deluxe
    Joined: Jul 21, 2010
    Posts: 186

    440 deluxe
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    I cut grass as a kid and had afew yards about a mile from the house. Dad. Had a 50 Chevy 2dr deluxe grey primer no floorboards and no brakes but a big trunk. I threw the push mower in and used the ebrake to stop. Put a brick in the drive way so I parked it back in the same place. Dad always thought the gas tank leaked because it was always out of gas. 216 three on the tree. Those were some good times.
     
  22. woodbutcher
    Joined: Apr 25, 2012
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    :D Learned to drive when I was 12.Dad taught me to drive his 49 Suburban.That was about 1957.
    Nads:When I got my DL in Fl it was the same as you mentioned in England.
    If you took your test in an automatic,it was noted on the DL"automatic only".
    You had to retake the test in a stick to get that taken off of the license.Love this thread.Brings back a lot of good memories.
    Good luck.Have fun.Be safe.
    Leo
     
  23. Frankenstein57
    Joined: Jun 16, 2010
    Posts: 75

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    In the mid 60's I learned to drive in a 48 plymouth, 1st car my dad ever bought new. My brother had the fenders off of it, tricked up to look like a modified. We had a dirt track behind grammas house. Funny how we both went on to race dirt sportsmen, then late models. Mark
     
  24. Dillrod
    Joined: Aug 21, 2008
    Posts: 19

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    It was a 74 amc gremlin x for me .... Nothing to brag about
     
  25. Learned to drive in Dad's 1930 Model A Tudor, and took my drivers test in it (1983)....also lost my virginity in it....hehe.
     
  26. hopped up
    Joined: Oct 5, 2009
    Posts: 401

    hopped up
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    from So Cal

    53 plymouth cranbrook with the 3 on the tree. Boy was that tough! Automatics were so easy after that. I thought my son in my old 1950 chevy. We could of used the Honda, but that would of been so boring. He for ever will have a good story to tell.
     
  27. jimbousman
    Joined: Jul 24, 2008
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    Other than steering my Dad's '52 Buick Roadmaster station wagon five years old sitting on my lap, I learned to drive ay 13 in my Model a coupe.
     
  28. Cyclone
    Joined: Mar 31, 2006
    Posts: 219

    Cyclone
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    from Sonoma, CA

    Dad and grandpa had a trucking company, saturday mornings we would head to the yard. Dad serviced trucks, me and my brother took turns driving the 52 Ford F3 shop truck back and forth in the yard, had to almost stand to see out.
     
  29. Falfa55
    Joined: Mar 27, 2008
    Posts: 68

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    Learned how to drive a stick in my dads 66 vette.I bucked the shit outta it and I thought he was gonna punch me in the head...ahhhh memories:D
     
  30. BillSchmid
    Joined: Jul 21, 2012
    Posts: 91

    BillSchmid
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    from Ohio

    Sort of. My dad taught me to drive on the backroads and around the local campgrounds in his 1945 Jeep when I was 13. I'm 19 now so I feel blessed to have learned on an old car with a manual trans, drum brakes, and no power steering.
     

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